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Hawes Market House

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Hawes Market House

YDNPA, 2004,

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Hawes Market House

Historical Environment Record No: MYD36572

Parish: Hawes

OS Grid Reference: SD872898

Dale: Upper Wensleydale

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A bequest of 1500 was left to Hawes by Robert William Atkinson so that the town could build a covered market hall. This generous bequest was in litigation in 1893 and as a result the amount was considerably reduced. In the end the parish council had to make up the shortfall. By 1898 a list of trustees had been drawn up. Atkinson had specified that there should also be a reading room, a library, a coffee and refreshment room and housing for a caretaker. The intention was that farmers and local stall holders could sell goods like butter, eggs and poultry undercover and local people could buy in the comfort of the covered hall. Stall holders were charged a set toll. As it turned out, most of these goods went direct to local shop keepers and people seemed to prefer the outdoor stalls. The hall has since been used for dances, public meetings and film shows. The building still retains its library and today regular sales and auctions are held in the hall. Source: Alderson, James (1980) Under Wetherfell. The Story of Hawes Parish & People. Gayle: Brian Alderson Partrick, C (2004) 'Reading Rooms and Literary Institutes of the Yorkshire Dales' White, R F & Wilson, P R (eds) (2004) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2 pp203-212


Lies in centre of Hawes on south side of main road though town (Turfy Hill). View from roadside. Frequently open for community events.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Hawes. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.


Viewable from roadside pavement. Steps up to main entrance. Side entrance fully accessible.

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